Over at theracetothebottom.org, Jay Brown is continuing to talk about his paper on law bloggers, "Law Faculty Blogs and Disruptive Innovation: The Data." I've written some about this already (and here), but something that I haven't mentioned yet is the total census of legal academic bloggers. Jay finds there are 299 of us who blog regularly (which he defines, I think, as putting up at least four posts in 2012). I think I'd have a little more rigorous test for regularly blogging -- I'm thinking more on the order of at least a couple posts a month -- but I understand that there has to be a line somewhere and that's a reasonable one.
Focusing for a moment on Jay's census of 299. I'm now wondering about the blogging phenomenon -- there are what, on the order of 6000 full time law professors? This means that something like 5% of us regularly blog. That's not a lot is it? I mean if Walter Olson thinks we should abolish law reviews because all the good ideas are on blogs, I think we'd need to have some more people on blogs. I continue to be interested in some of the other descriptive data around bloggers -- age, year of law school graduation, rank. If we're thinking blogs are changing the heirarchies or discussion, I'd think we'd need more people involved in the conversation.